The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum has named UnityPoint Health a 2017 Most Wired Advanced Health System. UnityPoint Health is the only health system in Iowa and Illinois to achieve advanced status. Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Finley Hospital in Dubuque, and St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids are all affiliates of UnityPoint Health.
The Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study recognizes hospitals and health systems for excellence in information technology (IT). Most Wired Advanced recognizes organizations that achieve at least a level three, out of five, in all four focus areas evaluated. UnityPoint Health achieved Most Wired status five years in a row, prior to being recognized as advanced this year. Grundy County Memorial Hospital, a UnityPoint Health Community Network Hospital, has again received the honor of Most Wired for 2017.
Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety, and patient-provider relationships. According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals and health systems are using smart phones, telehealth, and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, according to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.
Innovation in patient care embraces emerging technologies and underscores the need for secure patient information exchange. Hospitals have increased their use of sophisticated IT monitoring systems to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities or policy violations, and produce real-time analysis of security alerts. Most Wired hospitals are transforming care delivery with knowledge gained from data and analytics. They are investing in analytics to support new delivery models and effective decision-making and training clinicians on how to use analytics to improve quality, provide access, and control costs.
HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between January 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39% of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.
Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.